Business Studies - AL

L3 Level 3
Part Time
31 August 2021 — 20 May 2022
City Centre Campus, Cardiff

About this course

The AL Business Studies Part Time programme covers both AS and A2 Business Studies, so it is possible for students to gain a full A-level qualification within one year. 

AS Business Studies has two units covering: 

  • Business Opportunities 
  • Business Functions 

A2 follows on from AS with two units:

  • Business Analysis and Strategy
  • Business in a Changing world

What you will study

Further details of all the units are as follows:

Unit 1: Business Opportunities 

  • Starting a Business - the challenges and issues of starting a business; enterprise and entrepreneurs.

This will be assessed within a written exam of 1 hours and 15 minutes. 

Unit 2: Business Functions

  • Marketing - designing and implementing an effective marketing mix.
  • Finance - examining budgets and how a business can improve cash flow and profits.
  • Operation Management - looking at how technology improves business.
  • People in Business - organisational structures, recruitment, training and motivation.

The external exam is 2 hours, which consists of compulsory, data response questions.

Unit 3: Business Analysis and Strategies 

  • This concentrates on analytical techniques and a detailed examination of business strategies using mini-case studies.

A written external exam of 2 hours and 15 minutes consists of structured questions. 

Unit 4: The Business in a Changing World

  • This concentrates on how a business handles the dynamic world. The paper will examine the entire content, within the context of the external environment. 

A written external exam of 2 hours and 15 minutes, which consists of a case study, compulsory questions and a second section of a choice of essays. 

Course fee per year

Exam Fee: £90.00

Course Fee: £560.00

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs A*- C including English and Maths

Course times

17:45 - 20:45 Monday

Teaching and assessment

  • Four written exams

Important points

  • The College welcomes contact with parents/guardians of students who are under 18
  • Additional support is available for students with learning difficulties and disabilities
  • Cardiff and Vale College is committed to inclusion and values diversity. We are determined to promote equality of opportunity and to treat everyone fairly and with respect
  • Cardiff and Vale College reserves the right to make changes to this course without prior notice
  • All courses are accurate at the time of upload or print
  • Courses can only run if there are sufficient numbers
  • Please note, if you choose three or more course choices, then you may be referred for a careers appointment first. This does not apply to A Level or GCSE choices.
Key information

Start date

31 August 2021

End date

20 May 2022

Time of day

Night Time

Part Time

3 hours per week


City Centre Campus, Cardiff
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Course code



WJEC Level 3 Advanced GCE in Business


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City Centre Campus, Cardiff
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